Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi, the General Secretary of The Church of Pentecost, has urged Christians, particularly the youth, to set themselves apart for the Lord’s use.
He firmly believed that if young Christians avoid wickedness and immorality, God will use them to do greater things.
Apostle Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi made the aforementioned remarks at the Pentecost Students and Associates (PENSA) Ghana Conference at the Pentecost Convention Centre (PCC) at Gomoa-Fetteh, near Kasoa on Tuesday, January 4, 2022.
Speaking on the theme: “Our Call To Holiness In A Perverse World,” with 1 Peter 1:13-25 and 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1 as his major texts, Apostle Kumi-Larbi stated that the world is perverse and bleeding with evil because the devil is bent on twisting and destroying every good thing that God has created.
He, therefore called on devout Christian youngsters to demonstrate the noble virtues God has bestowed upon them in order to turn the world around.
“We are definitely living in a wicked world,” he added, “but we must not lose sight of the reality that the God who has called us is a holy God, and He compels all His children to walk as He walks.”
He explained that holiness is a general term used to indicate sanctity or separation from all that is sinful, impure, or morally imperfect. According to Apostle Kumi-Larbi, holiness is one of the essential attributes of God’s divine nature.
He defined it as “complete freedom from moral evil on the one hand and ultimate moral excellence on the other.”
“God’s character is morally faultless, free of moral evil. We cannot discover any immorality, defect, stain, or blemish in God’s character,” he stated emphatically.
Citing several scriptures to explain his point, the General Secretary admonished believers to separate themselves from all forms of perverse behaviours and lead holy lives since they were created in the image and likeness of God.
He added that personal separation involves an individual’s commitment to a godly standard of behaviour just as Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine (Daniel 1:8).
As a result, he commanded them to let their light shine in order to expel all darkness in their circles of influence, adding, “We are to be light to the world without allowing the world to dull our light. Men must notice our excellent works and worship our heavenly Father.”
The chief scribe also emphasized the importance of young people living by God’s standards rather than what the world dictates, stressing that, God is inviting Christians to be distinct from the world.
“Holiness may appear difficult, but the advantages far transcend any ‘sacrifices’ we may have to make. The reward greatly outweighs the loss of any worldly activity, behaviour, or attitude,” he said.
He mentioned that holiness fosters intimacy with God, builds spiritual strength and stability (Psalm 15:1-6), makes believers useful and effective for God’s purposes (2 Timothy 2:20-26), causes people to glorify God (1 Peter 2:9-12), builds peace with God (2 Peter 3:10-18), pleases God and also produces fruit (Ephesians 5:1-17).